Mark Cumpian, a Charlotte native, passed the 100-win mark as Tarleton State University softball coach last weekend as Tarleton won a three-game series against 20th-ranked Angelo State University.
“I think it means a lot. A lot of hard work has gone into it. It’s been the players. The players I’ve had over the last couple years have been great. And I have a great coaching staff, coaches that keep me moving and keep me going,” Cumpian said of his accomplishment at the NCAA Division II program in Stephenville.
Cumpian, a third-year head coach, picked up his 100th win in a 6-2 home win against Angelo State on March 8.
Earning it in his 138th career game, he became the second-fastest TSU coach to reach the milestone.
The team is 16-6 this season. Following a ninegame non-conference winning streak, TSU holds a 7-5 Lone Star Conference record, two games behind Texas A&M Kingsville and Texas A&M Commerce for second in conference and four games behind LSC leader West Texas A&M with 18 conference games left on the schedule.
“We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve got a lot of new kids,” Cumpian said of his team, which has five seniors and five juniors out of the 23-player roster.
“We’ve been through the toughest part of our schedule. Now, we’ve got some middle-of-the-road teams coming up. It’s barely started. We’ve got a lot to say in this conference race.”
Cumpian arrived at Tarleton State University as an assistant coach in 2010 after graduating from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, where he was a relief pitcher for the baseball team and was a softball student assistant during his senior year.
Cumpian has a 101-39 record (.721 winning percentage).
He guided TSU to 50 wins and the South Central Region finals last year, with the team reaching as high as 15th in the NFCA poll. During his first year, he directed the team to a 35-22 mark.
Cumpian earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from TSU in 2014.
He said he could see himself at TSU for numerous years, but as a successful young coach knows the possibilities are open for him.
“With winning comes, opportunities. We could see this summer. I love it here at Tarleton. I’ve been here nine years. We’ll see what comes up,” he said.